Should the Government regulate social media? Why or Why not?

Question/Essay Topic:

Should the Government regulate social media? Why or Why not

Essay Requirement

The essay will have at least three cited sources. The following criteria:

1. Describe how this topic may or may not affect you and/or your community.

2. Typed Written Paper Criteria:

 A minimum of three (3) references must be from Professional sources. These include journals, books, and reports of national organizations/agencies. Do not use popular magazines and websites, Wikipedia, Glamour, Sports Illustrated, Essence, etc.

 References from web-based sites must include information describing sponsoring organizations(s), full citation of data sources/reports used, and information documenting the professional/scholarly reliability of reports. Example;

Title Page

• Title page will be bold, centered, and typed in uppercase and lowercase letters on the page. If the title requires more than one line, double-spaced between all the lines.

• Double spacing between the title, Student’s name, course and date.


• The typed written must be saved as a Microsoft Word document

• MLA format, double spaced, Times New Roman – 12 font

• Repeat title on top of first half page

• One-inch margins at the top, bottom, right and left sides

• No more than a 2 page typed written

• Double spacing is required throughout the paper.

• Each page is numbered, not including the title page or reference page

• The paragraphs are indented five spaces.

• All typing is done flush-left, not right justified nor full justified. In other words, leave the right margin uneven or “ragged right”.

Reference Page

• Center the word, REFERENCES, in bold at the top of the page

• List the references alphabetically

Sample Outline

Important: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Your work must be your own with the correct citations.

Sample outline format.

Topic: Short Message Service and Spelling Ability


– SMS has revolutionized communication

– Recent Statistics (Nielsen): Average American teen: 3,339 messages per month

– Objective/Purpose of Research Paper:

o To explore the benefits of SMS

o To expound on the effects of SMS use particularly on the spelling proficiency of teens


– Background:

o A mechanism of delivery of short messages over the mobile networks (

o Concept development: 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert (

o First text message: “Merry Christmas” from Neil Patworth to Richard Jarvis on 1992 (

– Benefits of SMS

o Relative ease of message typing with the use of shortcuts in spelling (e.g. “you” -> “u”)

o Fast transfer of messages from sender to recipient

o Strengthens literacy


– SMS and spelling proficiency

o Fear: poor “textism” (language used in texting) leads to poor spelling

o Studies show that texting improves reading and writing

Coventry University and University of Tasmania: text shortcuts improve spelling ability of primary school, secondary school, and university students



Texting and usage of text shortcuts do not negatively affect the spelling ability of learners at any age.

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